The Preoperative Anemic Clinic at the Marin General Hospital Infusion Center is a program in which certain patients receive intravenous iron therapy in order to make their blood healthier prior to surgery. These patients receive a treatment that increases the amount of iron in their blood.

Anemia is a decrease in the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells or a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying substance in the red blood cells. There are many types of anemia, but iron deficiency is one of the most common causes.

Patients with low hemoglobin levels who receive intravenous iron therapy before surgery are less likely to need a blood transfusion than if they had not received the therapy. This therapy is only appropriate for some patients and does not help treat the condition for which surgery has been scheduled.

Who Benefits from Intravenous Iron Therapy

If a preoperative patient’s hemoglobin is low, the physician and the Medical Director of the Marin General Hospital Laboratory will formulate a plan to help increase the patient’s blood hemoglobin levels through iron therapy, prior to surgery. In addition to iron therapy, patients are usually prescribed vitamin supplements that are necessary for red blood cell production. The Outpatient Infusion Center calls the patient to set up the appointments for the therapy before your surgery.

Financial Assistance for the Preoperative Anemia Clinic

Marin General Hospital has financial counselors to help with any questions or concerns such as understanding insurance coverage, understanding patient liability, and linking patients to financial assistance.

Marin General Hospital offers discounts, including 25 percent off deductibles and out-of-pockets, if a prompt payment is arranged with a financial counselor. Self-pay patients can receive a 40 percent discount off the total bill and are offered an additional 10 percent discount if a prompt payment is made.